summit, peak, top

summit, peak, top
Each of these words refers to the highest point of something, with top being the term in widest use (the top of the hill, the top of the house). Peak means a pointed extremity, the pointed top of a hill or mountain (peak of a roof, peak of a cap, peak of Mount Monad-nock). Summit is close in meaning to peak,"the highest point of an elevation of any kind": "The summit of the hill was covered with wild flowers." Related words which also suggest the figurative meanings of summit, peak, and top include apex, pinnacle, zenith, elevation, height, climax, and acme. Thus one refers to a student at the top of his class as one who has reached the summit of his goals. When traffic is heaviest, it is at its peak. Diplomats conduct talks at the summit.

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  • peak — [n1] top of something aiguille, alp, apex, brow, bump, cope, crest, crown, hill, mount, mountain, pinnacle, point, roof, spike, summit, tip, vertex; concepts 509,836 Ant. base, bottom, nadir peak [n2] maximum, zenith acme, apex, apogee, capstone …   New thesaurus

  • summit — [n] top, crowning point acme, apex, apogee, capstone, climax, crest, crown, culmination, head, height, max, meridian, most, peak, pinnacle, roof, vertex, zenith; concept 836 Ant. base, bottom, nadir …   New thesaurus

  • summit — I. noun Etymology: Middle English somete, from Anglo French sumet, diminutive of sum top, from Latin summum, neuter of summus highest more at sum Date: 15th century 1. top, apex; especially the highest point ; peak 2. the topmost level atta …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • top — 1. noun 1) the top of the cliff Syn: summit, peak, pinnacle, crest, crown, brow, head, tip, apex, vertex Ant: bottom, base 2) the top of the table …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • top — 1. noun 1) the top of the cliff Syn: summit, peak, pinnacle, crest, crown, brow, head, tip, apex 2) the top of the coffee jar Syn: lid, cap, c …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • top — tÉ’p n. summit, peak, apex, head; cover, lid, cap; toy with a shape that narrows to a point on which it can spin v. surpass, excel; rise or reach the top, rise above; surmount; furnish with a top adj. highest, prime, leading …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peak — peak1 [pēk] vi. [< ?] to become sickly; waste away; droop peak2 [pēk] n. [var. of PIKE5] 1. a tapering part that projects; pointed end or top, as of a cap, roof, etc. 2. part of the hairline coming to a point on the forehead; widow s peak …   English World dictionary

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